It is now possible to buy Carbatrol (carbamazepine) as a brand-name or generic drug. The generic versions come in three strengths and are currently made by several companies. The FDA has given all generic version an "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name drug.
Can I Buy Generic Carbatrol?Carbatrol® (carbamazepine) is a prescription medication that is approved for epilepsy treatment and for treating trigeminal neuralgia (a painful nerve disorder). Carbatrol is manufactured by Shire US, Inc. However, the first patent for Carbatrol has expired, and the drug is now available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Carbatrol
Generic Carbatrol is available in the following strengths:
- Carbamazepine 100 mg capsules
- Carbamazepine 200 mg capsules
- Carbamazepine 300 mg capsules.
At this time, these generic versions are made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Apotex Corporation
- Nostrum Laboratories, Inc.
- Prasco Laboratories.
The version sold by Prasco Laboratories is actually an "authorized generic." This means it is real, brand-name Carbatrol (made by Shire US, Inc.) that has been repackaged and relabeled as a generic.
Is Carbamazepine as Good as Carbatrol?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic versions of Carbatrol currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Carbatrol.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities. If you are using Carbatrol to treat epilepsy, it may be a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before switching to a generic. You may need extra monitoring during the switch, especially if you are particularly prone to seizures.
Notably, there are many generic carbamazepine products (such as carbamazepine tablets) that are not equivalent to Carbatrol. Make sure when switching to generic Carbatrol that you receive capsules, not tablets.